Steve Watters is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in adult reconstruction joint replacement surgery as well as performing arthroscopic knee surgery for sports injuries.
At SIL International, his research explores the intersection between language and human flourishing. This work includes investigating conditions which prevent languages from serving as instruments of human flourishing.
Early Life and Education
Watters has held many roles within the banking industry, including senior-level roles at Harbor Community Bank and South State. Hailing from Mineral Wells himself, he boasts over three decades of experience.
He was an active member of Christ Congregational Church in Lufkin, Texas and enjoyed spending his free time with family. Additionally, he enjoyed traveling and was an avid golfer.
Jesse Watters is an internationally-known political commentator, television host, and journalist associated with Fox News Channel. His popular shows Watters World and The Five are widely-watched programs known for his man-on-the-street interviews and conservative lean. Watters is known for his humorous yet informative style of interviewing.
Watters arrived at Notre Dame in 1987 just as its football program was entering an extended lull. It had been 10 years since Lou Holtz won his last championship, and head coach was desperate for something new and innovative to ignite its revival. Watters was recruited as part of Holtz’s attempt to reinvigorate Notre Dame football.
Watters would become an invaluable contributor during 1988. After running back Lynell Woods graduated to professional football, Holtz decided to use Watters in both passing and running games.
Chris Berman gave him the name, Ricky Running Watters from ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman; it also enabled him to rush for over 1,000 yards both seasons he spent with the Eagles.
Achievement and Honors
Watters has enjoyed a distinguished career as a regional bank executive leading teams across the Treasure Coast region of Florida. Additionally, he serves on several non-profit boards and creates mentorship programs.
Notre Dame’s 1988 national championship team relied heavily on his ability to run as a tailback, when Lou Holtz moved him from wide receiver to tailback to help ignite their offense. Over his three seasons with 49ers and Eagles he amassed more than 1,000 yards rushing and scored 91 touchdowns overall.
He is internationally-acclaimed alpinist and respected author of Mountaineers Books. For his big mountain expeditions in the Karakoram Range, he received one of mountaineering’s highest honors: The Piolet d’Or. In 2020 he led an American Alpine Club Silver Medal team that first ascened Link Sar (7,041 meters). This accomplishment brought international acclaim and received their own Piolet d’Or award.
His skill as a singer/guitarist has seen him performing in pubs, wine bars and cafes all across Ireland and further afield – warming up for acts such as Wishbone Ash and The Zombies as well as playing at weddings and private functions.
He is married to Emma DiGiovine and is father to Ellie and Sophie. Under his mother’s influence, he has become more polite in some matters. Currently he hosts Fox News Network show ‘The Five’.
He has long been considered a controversial figure and has been embroiled in various disputes throughout his career. For example, in one instance he became embroiled in a cheating scandal at work that eventually got him fired. Additionally, he had previously been married to Noelle Inguagiato; they shared twin daughters together before parting ways in 2018. Additionally, Emma DiGiovine who works with him on his program is currently his partner-in-crime.
Watters is an American millionaire who built his fortune by becoming one of the popular hosts on Fox News Channel, including hosting series such as Roundtable: The Five and Jesse Watters Primetime. In addition, he published two books as well as being involved in several controversies.
He is widely known for conducting ambush interviews – where he approaches passersby on the street and asks them unexpected questions without prior preparation or preparation – which have often drawn strong criticism and scorn from their recipients.
Watters was married to Noelle Ingugiato for an eight-year marriage that yielded twin daughters; however, the two divorced after Watters admitted having an affair with producer Emma DiGiovine and after she publicly accused him of infidelity. Watters owns an elegant 9000 sqft home in New York as well as other properties.